Record-Breaking Nude Photo Shoot: Thousands Bare All in Mexico City
More than 18,000 people stripped and posed for a mass photo shoot on Sunday in Mexico City's vast main square. American photographer Spencer Tunick has made a name for himself photographing thousands of naked people around the world, but the Mexican shoot was his biggest yet.
More than 18,000 people stripped off in Mexico City on Sunday to pose for American photographer Spence Tunick. The nude models gathered in the central Zocalo plaza in the Mexican capital to form a giant mosaic of flesh.
It took the photographer five years to persuade the conservative Mexican authorities to give the green light for Sunday's event -- but the Mexicans themselves didnít seem to have too many inhibitions about displaying their naked bodies.
The artist told reporters at a news conference on Sunday that all eyes were on the city, to see how a country "can be free and treat the naked body as art. Not as pornography or as a crime, but with happiness." Tunick spent the day directing his cast of thousands from cranes and ladders -- telling the participants to raise their arms, salute, crouch in the fetal position and lie on their backs.
"The important thing is not that it's your body or someone else's but that you participate in something as a society," said 25-year-old Oscar Roman Munoz told the Associated Press.
Another of the participants, 30-year-old university lecturer Fabiola Herrera told Reuters: "This event proves that we're not such a conservative society anymore."
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